The more I read about the Malaysian government, the more frustrated I get. Their attitude has always been poor towards Chinese and Indians. Racist remarks by some quarters asking Chinese to go back to China are not prosecuted by the government. Claims of a Minister that he is Malay first and Malaysian second are tolerated. Are Chinese and Indians illegal immigrants in this country? Are we not Malaysians? Do we not pay taxes? Don’t we have Malaysian birth certificates and Identity Cards? The following are my issues with the current government.
Issue 1: 1+1=2
In an article on June 15th in The Malaysian Insider, it was reported that our dear Prime Minister is asking for an additional RM13.8 billion to spend this year. This is while Malaysia’s debt ratio is already at 53.5% of GDP. Malaysia has a debt limit of 55% of GDP and it only requires RM13 billion to reach that point. Now, asking for an additional RM13.8 billion would presumably push the debt ratio to hit the critical 55% GDP, wouldn’t it? I do not know much about economics so maybe I am wrong. But do remember that most Malaysians are not experts in economics either. Many of them are your average Joe like me who are amazed that Najib’s government has the guts to ask for an EXTRA RM13 billion to spend. To make matters worse, RM11.2 billion of that is headed for the Treasury department for what has been termed as “Treasury general services”. To me, I have to admit that it smells like the government wants to put some money back into the Treasury after bleeding it dry. This is done so that they can prepare to do more cash handouts to the general public to fish for more votes. Am I wrong?
Issue 2: When you corner a wounded animal, it will fight back.
The wounded animal is BN. They were wounded in the last election when they lost the two thirds majority. Now that the general elections is upon them again, they sense their time is coming to an end. Therefore, they will do all they can to fight back. While competition is usually a good thing, this isn’t the case in this situation because BN has been in charge for such a long time that they have started deluding themselves into thinking that they are the rightful heirs to the throne and none other may succeed them. They believe that they are always just and everything done by the Opposition party has to be unjust. This kind of thinking is what brought them to bring out the Police, tear gas and water cannon against the Bersih supporters. None of the BN parties supported Bersih for one simple reason: They do not want a clean and fair election. That would be detrimental to them. They have come out in newspapers and said that PKR also won several states in the last election, therefore the elections must be clean. I would like to remind them that just because PKR won a few states, this does not prove anything. If PKR won those states in an unclean and unfair elections, I have no problem booting them out. All I want is a clean and fair elections. I challenge you to hold a clean and fair elections and if you still retain power or even in the unlikely event that BN wins back Penang state, I would have no problems with it and would accept it.
Issue 3: Your money is my money, my money is my money.
The government is elected by the people, funded by the people and should be serving the people. This is why we have elections and not just throw a stone and pick a Prime Minister at random. The government gets money from Income Tax paid by the people. This money pays their salaries and should be used to fund projects that are beneficial to the people. I don’t mind that some special fund gets allocated for the poor and underprivileged. But do not think that Income Tax collections and EPF funds are your personal bank accounts. Purchasing computers and other items for 3-10 times their actual market cost is nonsensical and points to blatant corrupt practices. My money is paid to the government so that they can protect the country, provide education, pave roads and light up our streets. My money is not for luxuriously furnishing your house, paying for private jets, private holidays or your private functions. Do the same as every other individual, if you EARNED they money, then you have the right to spend it. Charging a private function (like a daughter’s wedding) to the ministry is pure arrogance.
We all need to earn a living. We are living in a world with ever increasing costs. Prices of food and essentials are rising year after year. I understand the need for Ministers and government officials to earn a living too. However, things need to be done correctly. Projects need to be completed within reasonable cost and time. Projects also must have a justifiable reason why it is needed. Blatant corruption has to stop and efficiency has to be increased. Our government needs to better manage our finances and not spend excessively to profit their relatives, close friends or allies.
I don’t know if Pakatan Rakyat will indeed be a better government or not. But I know that Barisan Nasional has to be taught a lesson: Do not take Malaysia, Malaysians and our money for granted. We do not owe you anything. It is too late to shape up already. Get out, get better, get cleaned up and come back to compete in a clean and fair GE15. My vote will not go to you.